This book investigates international Indigenous methodologies in curatorial practice from the geographic spaces of Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia. From a perspective of Indigenous peoples important place within society, this collection explores how Indigenous art and culture operate within and from a structural framework that is unique and is positioned outside of the non-Indigenous cultural milieu. Through a selection of contributions, Becoming Our Future articulates this perspective, defines Indigenous curatorial practice and celebrates Indigenous sovereignty within the three countries. It begins to explore the connections and historical moments that draw Indigenous curatorial practices together and the differences that set them apart. This knowledge is grounded in continuous international exchanges and draws on the breadth of work within the field.
With contributions by Nigel Borell, Nici Cumpston, Freja Carmicheal, Karl Chitham, Franchesca Cubillo, Léuli Eshraghi, Reuben Friend, Jarita Greyeyes, Heather Igloliorte, Jaimie Isaac, Carly Lane, Michelle LaVallee, Cathy Mattes, Bruce McLean, Kimberley Moulton, Lisa Myers, Julie Nagam, Wanda Nanibush, Jolene Rickard, Megan Tamati-Quennell, and Daina Warren.
Dr. Julie Nagam
Dr. Julie Nagam (Metis, German/Syrian) is the Chair in the History of Indigenous Art in North America, a joint appointment between the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She is an Associate Professor in the faculty of History. She is co-editor of Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital, a special issue of PUBLIC journal. Currently, Dr. Nagam is curating a public art installations for a Reconciliation walk at the Forks in Winnipeg, and leading a team that is creating an Indigenous App for Winnipeg’s art, architectural, and place-based history. She has created three new commissioned artworks in Winnipeg, Toronto and New York. Her artwork and research has been shown nationally and internationally.
Carly Lane is the Curator of Indigenous Australian and First Nations Arts at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She is a Murri woman from Queensland and has worked as a curator for over twenty years, including at the National Gallery of Australia where she curated the Second National Indigenous Art Triennial in 2012. Before that, in 2008, she was the inaugural curator of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards and has continued to work on shows and publications since then. This year, Carly and Emilia Galatis, curated Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley at the Art Gallery of WA as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. Carly has First Class Honours in Anthropology, is a member of the Accelerate alumni of the British Council and a member of the Tri-Nations Curators Exchange Program established between Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Megan Tamati-Quennell has worked as a curator, arts facilitator, and arts writer for nearly 25 years and is the Curator of Contemporary Maori, Indigenous Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Megan is one of three Indigenous art curators in New Zealand who specialize in contemporary Maori and Indigenous art. Throughout her career Megan has been at the forefront of many developments in contemporary Maori arts practice which she describes as art made on the margin between indigenous and the mainstream.
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